To Richard Haines New York City is an endless runway. When he first moved to the city to pursue illustration, he instead found a successful career as a fashion designer. Through design, he developed a keen eye for the often overlooked details form, fabric and how a garment falls on the body. This laid a foundation for his illustration work, and after years in the world of fashion design, his career has now come full circle allowing him to emerge as one of today's most sought after fashion illustrators. His popularity can be traced to his experience designing for such notable brands as Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, and Bill Blass.
His wildly popular blog, "What I Saw Today," documents the clothes and attitudes of New York's every day trendsetters and fashion icons of all ages. It is not uncommon to see Haines seated front row at fashion week's most desirable shows busily sketching images for magazines and blogs who hire him to record the nuances that cannot be captured on film.
In July 2009, Haines had his first solo show in New York at the cutting edge art space and gallery, Envoy Enterprises. His sensitive renderings of his subjects, whether they are men on the street, friends or fashion models uncover a deeply sentimental treatment of the human form. It is this fascination with the people behind the styles that informs his every stroke, propelling his work beyond mere sketches into the world where art and fashion intersect. His illustrations have caught the attention of respected critics at Paper Magazine, New York Magazine, men.style.com, refinery29.com and getkempt.com, to name just a few.
And among his clients are Prada, Dries Van Noten, Chanel, AMI, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Luisa Via Roma, J.Crew, Calvin Klein, Unionmade Goods, Barneys, Mr. Porter, Grazia, The New York Times Style Magazine, GQ and GQ Italy.